Sunday 20 February 2022

Worcester river walk

Last week we visited the Bevere Gallery and then drove into Worcester, had a wander around town, and then went for a long walk by the river.

Brown's restaurant on the South Parade is next to the car park where we parked the car

View of the bridge.

View from the bridge

We took the path, Bronwich Parade

This area is a swan sanctuary. The swans here are Mute Swans, with distinctive orange bills and black face markings. They don't migrate, but travel up and down river and into nearby countryside looking for food.

The sanctuary flock is mainly young swans growing up. They arrive between autumn and spring, after leaving or being driven from their parents' territories. Their feathers turn from brown to white during their first year. Their bills take several years to tur from blue grey to orange. 

At the end of the path we came upon these sculptures 

and then, Diglis Bridge

View from the bridge

of Diglis island which was was cut from a riverbank bend. The island, completed in 1844, helped bigger boats and more cargo to travel the waterways. Steady water levels were achieved by building locks and a weir. 

The island used to be a hive of activity, with carpentry and blacksmithing. The lock keeper and his family lived here and there was a chapel for waterways workers.

After the steep weir arrived, people noticed an impact on fish. Migrating species struggled to reach their spawning grounds upstream. The outlook was bleak by the 2010. The solution? A fish pass for all even the rare twaite shad.

It was a wonderful sunny day and the trees edmagnificent in the sunshine

We crossed this very steep bridge

and continued on our way.

Another bridge

over a series of locks

we could now see the spires of Worcester

past the wonderful boathouse

getting closer

we could now see the swans we had seen on the other side when we first started on our walk

 We had arrived in the city, headed for the car park and home.

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